What a day free agency frenzy must have been for Mikael Backlund hey? With a nine year offer for Brad Richards on the table the flames affectively told Backlund that they did not believe he has the potential to be a number one center. There are a glut of centers but Backlund seemed to have an edge looking at training camp. Langkow is older, hasn't really played on a year and going into his ufa year. Jokinen found a great chemistry with Bourque and Glencross. Stajan is the personification of useless. Yet Brad Richards gets the huge offer. What does this do to Backlund heading into camp?
As it stands the flames actually have too many forwards and not enough d. Hagman and Stajan are the two pieces that seem to not fit. Stajan obviously has that stupid contact that is worse than a no trade because it is simply a no talent clause. Hagman is different though and I'm surprised they haven't moved him yet.
Prior to last year Hagman put up 27, 22, 25 goals each year. That is great consistency and teams look for it. With the crazy dollars being thrown around for average talent it's hard to believe Hagman has not a new home yet.
Stamkos and Parise. If you want to get them to sign an offer sheet then you better be prepared to spend 7.8 mil or more and give up four firsts. The more likely route is trade for firsts and offer them to the teams for their rights like the Kessel deal.
The flames need d. Look giving up Regehr is okay, not getting a d to take those minutes is not. Butler is okay, a good 5th, gio, bouwmeester, sarich are top four guys. That leaves a top four guy and two spots for Brodie and whomever earns a spot in camp.